We are really excited by the lineup of speakers at this year's Mission Conference. Below is the list of confirmed speakers (with a couple more names to be confirmed shortly).
Check back soon for their bios and topics.
Pastor Tak Bhana—Keynote speaker
Tak is the Senior Pastor of Church Unlimited, a large multi-cultural church in West Auckland with seven campuses. Tak speaks at conferences, seminars and churches fulfilling his deep passion to see the rapid growth and advancement of the Kingdom of God. His ministry is characterised by a passion for the Holy Spirit, prayer, the Word of God, faith, winning souls and nations. He also has a radio and television program called Running with Fire, and is married to Adrienne and they have one married daughter and two grandchildren.
Pastor Nick Field—Keynote speaker
Nick serves as the Senior Pastor of The Street Church in Wellington, a multi-location church that focuses on outreach and disciple-making. He has a passion for developing leadership and strengthening the church. In addition to his work at The Street, Nick chairs the board of Christians Against Poverty and the Living Stones Network of churches. He is married to Sarah who serves alongside him leading The Street. They have three adult children who all married in the past year and a half.
General Brian and Commissioner Rosalie Peddle
General Brian Peddle became our 21st General (International Leader) when he in August 2018. General Brian, along with his wife, Commissioner Rosalie, oversee the work of our international movement; leading, casting vision and encouraging our movement to further the work of the Kingdom around the world.
Kathryn has a Masters in Educational Psychology and is also a certified Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics practitioner - a qualification gained via the Child Trauma Academy (Dr Bruce Perry). Kathryn has been training people since 2007 and has a unique ability to engage audiences and convey complex information in an easy-to-listen-to, easy-to-understand way. Her intense passion for what she does comes across when she presents, and audiences constantly comment on how easy it was to listen to a session from Kathryn and implement what they’ve learned in everyday life.
Chris Clarke is the Executive Director of Global Local and has over 25 years of local and global leadership experience in public policy, healthcare, and more recently as CEO of World Vision New Zealand. He holds degrees in law and commerce, and since 2009 has been the inaugural Praxis Visiting Scholar at Green Templeton College, Oxford University. He currently serves as Executive Director of Global Local working with leaders from the commercial, governmental, and non-profit sectors on projects to build the common good.
Raki is the God Talk National Director at Hope Project and shining lights trust based in Tauranga and has some major plans to see the ministry explode. Raki brings many years’ experience, working with youth in the church, and in the community. As well as his experience pastoring with his wife at C3 Coast in Papamoa, Tauranga.
Hannah is the Territorial Children’s Mission Director where she dreams up new ways for children to be seen and heard throughout The Salvation Army. She is also part of Miramar Corps in Wellington where she volunteers in children’s ministry, enjoys being part of the creative team responsible for Sunday and community gatherings, and in 2019 is focused on identifying and joining in with the work God is already doing in her neighbourhood!
Major Janee Sawyer
Commissioned in 1971 and still going strong in 2019 - Janee Sawyer - a fossil or a falcon? Either way, she’s got something worthwhile to say. Tackling the challenging topic of evangelism of and ministry to Seniors she speaks from a wealth of experience and the privilege of seeing many come to faith in Christ in a myriad of ways. With a fire in her belly and a fight in her spirit, she epitomises our ongoing passion to see the lost won and to make a difference in our world.
Brook is the head of Community Services Development for VisionWest Community Trust. He believes the meaning of life is found in the service of others. He has twenty years’ experience in non-profit work where he honed his skills in community development, public speaking, project management and executive leadership. After founding and pioneering Zeal Education Trust as one of the country’s leading youth organisations, he recently turned his attention to solving inequality in New Zealand by tackling the issues of homelessness, food insecurity and unemployment.
Alastair is the Territorial Corps Growth Director and is passionate about seeing local churches thrive. With a dream of forming a church you could bring your friends to, he and his wife were part of the team that planted the Johnsonville Corps and he has served in various leadership roles there ever since. He works in our Territorial Headquarters where part of his role is church growth.